EPA to Consider Small Business Input on Rulemakings for Methylene Chloride, 1-BP
EPA has sought to incorporate “small entity representatives” from small businesses, governments, and nonprofits to participate in two Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panels: one for methylene chloride and one for 1-bromopropane, or 1-BP. The agency recently issued final risk evaluations that found “unreasonable” risks to workers and others associated with both chemicals under certain conditions of use. Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA must draft regulations to protect public health from these risks. The purpose of SBAR panels is to gather advice and recommendations from small entities on EPA’s development of proposed rules to address the unreasonable risks identified in its evaluations. The panels include federal representatives from the Small Business Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, and EPA. EPA stated that it prefers representatives to be owners or operators of small businesses, small organization officials, or small government officials involved with the processing, formulation, use, or retail of methylene chloride or 1-BP. Separate pages on EPA’s website provide further information about the panels for methylene chloride and 1-BP. EPA’s final risk evaluation of 1-BP identifies unreasonable risks to workers associated with its applications in industrial and commercial cleaning and degreasing, in adhesives and sealants, in dry cleaning and spot cleaning for clothing, and in sprays and aerosols. The agency also found unreasonable risks to workers from most commercial uses of methylene chloride, including in solvents for vapor degreasing, aerosol spray cleaners, adhesives, paint and coating remover, and automotive care products.